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Essentia Health Changes Visitor Policy

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health has lifted some of its visitor restrictions at their facilities. Effective immediately, one adult visitor is allowed per patient between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Chaplains and Clergy will also be allowed to visit patients. Restrictions for patients who are positive for Covid-19 will remain the same. No visitors will be allowed for those patients…

“Land of 10,000 Masks” Campaign Sees Success, More Masks Still Needed

1,399 masks were donated in the first week. That number jumped to 3,354 masks in the second week, and 5,230 masks in the third week. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Weeks after the campaign launch, community members have donated more than 10,000 face masks. These homemade masks will help limit the spread of Covid-19. They are worn by staff, patients, and visitors to St. Lukes and Essentia Health facilities. 1,399 masks were donated in the first week. That number jumped to 3,354 masks in the second week,…

Duluth Hospitals Confident Elective Surgeries Can Go On ‘Safely’

Both St. Luke's and Essentia Health Have Protocols in Place Before a Patient Receives a Surgical Procedure Amid COVID-19

DULUTH, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is allowing elective surgical procedures to start again on Monday, May 11 after hospitals take preventative measures to ensure continued safety. Before surgical dates, both St. Luke’s and Essentia Health will be testing patients for COVID-19 three days before their procedure. They will then ask patients to quarantine themselves up until the date…

Officials: Northland Likely to See a ‘Wave’ Rather Than ‘Surge’ in COVID-19 Patients

St. Luke's and Essentia Health Update The Public on a Weekly Basis Regarding Preparations, New Scientific Models

DULUTH, Minn. – With strict social distancing measures in place, local health experts now believe the Northland will likely not see a surge in COVID-19 patients, but rather a wave or the occasional spike in cases. During a weekly press briefing from St. Luke’s and Essentia Health Thursday, a panel of doctors and researchers gave an update on the projection…

Gov. Walz Allows Elective Surgeries Statewide; Essentia, St. Luke’s Say They’re Ready

The Governor signed an executive order Tuesday allowing elective surgeries and procedures, reversing an order from March.

DULUTH, Minn.- An executive order from Governor Tim Walz gave the green light for healthcare providers to resume elective surgeries and procedures on May 11th. A move officials at Essentia Health and St. Luke’s Hospitals in Duluth said they are ready for. Health systems statewide have lost about $1 billion a month since procedures and surgeries were banned in March,…

St. Luke’s, Essentia Health in Need of Mask Donations

Duluth Hospitals Launch "Land of 10,000 Masks" Campaign

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are used to living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but now St. Luke’s and Essentia Health are looking to make a slight adjustment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The healthcare facilities have teamed up to launch a new campaign, “Land of 10,000 Masks.” The mask donation drive comes as both hospitals prepare to handle a surge…

New Hotel Could Come to East Hillside

Hotel would serve students, hospital workers, construction workers.

DULUTH, Minn.- A new short-term stay hotel could be coming to Duluth’s East Hillside Neighborhood. Developer Nick Christensen wants to convert the old commercial building at 808 Second Street into a 6-unit hotel for students, hospital employees, and construction workers to stay in, while they find a place to live nearby. “People will come form out of area to do…

Four Babies Leap Out into World on Leap Day

Two babies out of St. Luke's and Two out of Essentia on this special day.

DULUTH, Minn.- Saturday was Leap Day which of course only happens every four years, and quite a few babies were born on this extra day of February in Duluth. Four babies were born on Leap Day in Duluth, two at Essentia Health and two at St.Luke’s. Now begins the process of deciding when to celebrate the baby’s birthday on non-Leap…

Essentia Purchases Old Sears Space in Miller Hill Mall

It is now the second old storefront Essentia will own in the Mall.

DULUTH, Minn.- Northlanders will soon see another Essentia Health marquee replacing a storefront at Miller Hill Mall. Essentia has announced the official purchase of the old Sears Space. According to Essentia officials, plans on what to do with the former Sears space are still being discussed. This comes one year after Essentia purchased the old Younkers space in the mall,…

Why Do We Wear Red on Friday, February 7, 2020?

The Date Serves as Go Red For Women Day, Raising Awareness For Heart Disease in Women

DULUTH, Minn. – Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Health experts say nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented yet cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat. The American Heart Association’s signature women’s initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive…

Whooping Cough Death Puts Minnesota Doctors, Parents on Alert

Whooping cough, or pertussis, can be prevented through vaccination.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Health Officials are on alert after whooping cough took the life of an infant in November, the first case in many years. The last pediatric death related to whooping cough in Minnesota was in 2013. According to pediatricians at Essentia Health, you should bring your infant or child in if they develop prolonged cold symptoms past a…

New Breastfeeding Suites Unveiled at Essentia Health

Four new breastfeeding suites aim to make feeding easier and more comfortable for mothers.

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health unveiled a new set of breastfeeding suites, to help mothers with newborns who are either patients, family or employees. Four new Mamava suites–two in the Duluth Clinic on Third Street, one in St. Mary’s Hospital and one in the Miller Dwan Building–will be installed by the end of this week, with funding provided by donors of…

Doctors Remind to Shovel Smart to Avoid Heart Problems

People with heart and weight problems and the elderly advised to shovel light.

DULUTH, Minn.- When shoveling all this snow off driveways, streets and cars in a hurry, it can be hard to remember to take it easy for your health. According to Cardiologists with Essentia Health, people should be careful not to lift enormous amounts of snow when shoveling to avoid a possible heart attack. That goes double, they said, for the…

American Heart Association Wants You to Eat Smart, Live Smart

AHA partnered with Essentia Health and St. Luke's at Super One.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Eat Smart Month, and the American Heart Association, St. Luke’s and Essentia Health partnered together to get Super One customers to eat healthier. The three had a display inside of the Duluth Kenwood Super One. Shoppers could talk to registered dieticians, be trained in hands-only CPR, and receive gift cards to purchase healthy foods. “Just to build…

Special Report: Finding “The New Normal” After the Loss of a Loved One

FOX 21's Brett Scott Examines the Landscape When it Comes to Getting Through a Tough Time of Loss

DULUTH, Minn. – Moving on after the loss of a loved one can be a very tough experience. Many choose to keep quiet, dealing with emotions alone instead of reaching out for support and guidance when moving forward. It’s been just over three months since FOX 21’s Brett Scott lost his mother. She battled cancer with grace and courage for…

Essentia Health Offers Community Booth Flu Shot Clinics

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health and Super One Foods partnered up to offer in-store flu shot clinics. People 19 years and older could get the shot, with the clinic also having high dose shots available for people 65 years and older. So far, reception for these easily accessible flu shots have been positive. “We’ve had a lot of people that…

Knowing Your Neighbors: Hermantown’s First Wellness Center

Essentia Wellness Center opens with YMCA, clinic, and more inside.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- On Tuesday Hermantown will open their first ever Wellness Center with fitness, healthare, and a hangout spot all in one. “It’s a great place for us to grow as a community, to build community together to help us to feel connected, and just be stronger together,” said John Mulder, Hermantown City Administrator. There’s no shortage of things to…

Essentia Health Purchases New Property

Essentia Health bought five properties Monday, but no plans are set on what the land will be used for

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health has made a strategic investment in plans for the future regarding their $800 million dollar expansion, which it recently broke ground on. Essentia Health just bought five properties to build on, all of which are currently residences. Plans aren’t set in stone yet, but Essentia Health says it bought the five properties to build a new…

Addressing The Vaping Epidemic

There are now over 800 confirmed and probably cases of lung injuries associated to e-cigarette use

DULUTH, Minn.- There are now over 800 confirmed and probably case of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in 46 states according to the CDC. A week ago there were just 530 which is why a vaping forum was held today with local medical experts. There have been 13 deaths in 10 different states across the U.S. including one in…

Vision Northland Project Begins

The largest private investment in Duluth's history began Monday

DULUTH, Minn.- The largest private investment in Duluth’s history began Monday as Essentia Health started construction on its 3 year Vision Northland Project. And with it comes road closures that will restrict access to the 1st Street building which is why Essentia is now offering free valet parking via the 2nd Street building enterance at 502 East 2nd Street, something…

Worker Shortage Around The Northland

Construction and nursing jobs are at an all time high so local workforce's are coming up with new creative ways to employee new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- There are some career paths in the Northland where the need for employees is at an all time high. With the need for nurses at an all time high, and large construction projects coming to the Northland, two local workforce’s are doing everything they can to add more employees. Some may think it is due to the lack…

Need For Nurses At All Time High

Hospitals around town are becoming more creative on ways to attract new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- And the construction industry isn’t the only workforce that is going through hiring stress. Over the last year, healthcare leaders say there are fewer people applying for jobs at both hospitals in the Northland, and it doesn’t seem to be turning around anytime soon. That is why hospitals are trying more creative methods to encourage nurses and nursing…

Essentia Health Gives Families ‘Passport’ to Healthy Summer

'Passport to Adventure' event brings out community and law enforcement to celebrate health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Making summer fun, and healthy, was the goal at “Passport to Adventure” at Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Essentia Health brought together law enforcement, emergency services, and families to celebrate healthy eating and activities. Families could get tours of ambulances and firetrucks, ride mountain bikes, and eat a healthy dinner to get them excited about having a healthy…

Cancer Patients, Survivors Encouraged to Attend Essentia Celebration

The Survivors Celebration is Happening Wednesday, June 12 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Miller-Dwan Foundation is hosting their 4th annual Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center Survivorship Celebration for cancer survivors and their families Wednesday, June 12. The event is set to take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Folks are encouraged to attend and enjoy live music, square dancing, food, and fun for…

Calculating Pollen in Duluth

A look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Doctors are expecting this to be a particularly bad allergy season with all kinds of trees blooming in a short period of time. Today, we got a behind the scenes look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth. On the roof of Essentia Health, there is a small spinning device that has a grease stick attached…

UMD Hosts Fit-N-Fun Run

Thousands of students laced up their shoes at Malosky Stadium today

DULUTH, Minn.- Students laced up their shoes, stretched out their legs, and got to enjoy the beautiful weather today at UMD during the annual fit and fun run. Two thousand third, fourth, and fifth graders from Duluth Elementary Schools ran a lap around the school’s Stadium in celebration of their hard work put forth in their physical education classes. Once…

Essentia Health Purchases Younkers for Fitness Center

Downtown Fitness Center moving to Mall

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health is investing $15 million in the purchase and remodeling of the 145,000 square foot Younkers space at Miller Hill Mall, to make it the new location of their Fitness and Therapy Center. The Fitness Center at Younkers would take up about 34,000 square feet, about 12,000 square feet larger than the current downtown location. This makes…

Volunteers Across Northland Help the Needy for Day of Caring

Local Non-Profits Team Up with Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.- Many different businesses and nonprofits in the Northland spent the annual Day of Caring doing various projects to make a difference in their community. Day of Caring was organized by Head of the Lakes United Way, who matched teams of volunteers with local non–profit agencies in need of extra hands. According those involved, it’s a time when non–profits…

Essentia Health Receives Level 1 Trauma Verification

It's the Regions First and Only Hospital to Receive the Verification

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health-Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth is in a class of its own. It’s the first and only hospital in the region to receive verification as a Level I adult trauma center. Essentia Health is now one of 134 adult trauma centers in the country. The journey to earn this verification has taken six years, but…

Art Treasures from the Past Reintroduced at Superior Public Library

Library Lays Out Local Art

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 8th Annual Love Your Local Artist fundraiser proved not only how important art is to people’s lives, but how long it lives on in the community. Various art pieces were on display. Local artists shining through their watercolors, sketches, and sculptures. But in one of the library’s conference rooms laid two banners of local history. Murals painted…

New Machinery Creating Medical Miracles in Physical Rehabilitation

It's a balancing hoist, funded by an anonymous donor through the Miller-Dwan Foundation and medical professionals tell us the impact is amazing.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s called the ZeroG, a new piece of medical equipment that’s helping make vast improvements possible for patients attempting to walk again. It’s a balancing hoist, funded by an anonymous donor through the Miller-Dwan Foundation and medical professionals tell us the impact is amazing.  The ZeroG is cutting edge technology and it’s creating more opportunities for therapists at…

Warming Bodies, Warming Hearts

Hospital patients in Duluth are a little cozier thanks to a local car dealership and its customers.

DULUTH, Minn.-  While blankets are always needed in Duluth weather, they are extra special at St. Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center. About 40 blankets were given out to cancer patients at both hospitals. And it’s all thanks to Miller Hill Subaru in Duluth. As part of their 3rd annual Subaru Cares Program, they accepted donations of…

Local Organizations Collaborate For New Community Garden

The Fourth Street Garden was honored with a Life Enrichment Award from the MOHR Group.

DULUTH, Minn. – A vacant lot on East Fourth Street in Duluth has blossomed into a community garden. The Fourth Street Garden is a collaboration between Essentia Health, Duluth Community Garden Project and UDAC. The idea came about two years ago to transform this once weed filled abandoned space. The food grown in the garden will be collected for the…

Talking the Topic of Suicide

Public resources are located at the bottom of the article.

DULUTH, Minn.- A startling report by the center of disease control shows the rates of suicide of increased by 40% in Minnesota over the last 18 years. Suicide is a serious issue and with free public resources, it can be prevented. But suicide needs to be talked about, when talking with children suicide needs to be discussed in an age-appropriate…

Essentia Health Gives Patient Update On Husky Refinery Explosion

Essentia Health officials say they have planned and prepared for an event like with training and drills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five patients were taken to Essentia Health in Superior and five more to Essentia Health in Duluth. Of those five in Duluth, one person suffered a serious blast injury and the others had minor injuries. There were no fatalities. Hospital staff tell us they are happy to know that there weren’t as many injuries as initially thought, but it…

Flag Ceremony Honors Organ Recipients and Donors

The flag is raised for 24 hours every time an organ is donated.

DULUTH, Minn.- Organ donors and recipients were honored today in downtown Duluth. Studies show over 3,00 people in the Midwest are waiting to receive an organ. Essentia Health raised a flag showing support for donors and recipients. We spoke with a donor recipient, who received a heart from a young man in a motorcycle accident. “I would go out of…

Essentia Health Needs Hospice Volunteers

Essentia Health will have hospice training in March.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Caregivers Day and for some being a caregiver is a calling. If you are one of those people Essentia Health in Duluth is asking for your help. The medical center needs more hospice volunteers. Essentia Health is looking for compassionate people willing to dedicate some of their time helping someone else with different needs like…

Hospitals Dealing with National IV Solution Shortage

Officials with Essentia Health say the shortage isn't affecting patient care.

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s a national shortage of IV solution; aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which happens to be home to 80 drug manufactures, who supplied it the solution to the U.S. Officials with Essentia Health in Duluth say there’s no need to worry the shortage isn’t affecting patient care. IV bags are given to patients that are dehydrated. The…

Dietitian: Eating “SMART” Helps New Year’s Resolutions

Cooking Connection: 2018 Healthy Eating

DULUTH, Minn. – In a new year, many Northlanders are trying to better themselves with a list of resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to eat better. Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Debra Anderson with Essentia Health visited FOX 21 to share some knowledge. Anderson recommends following a SMART diet because oftentimes people try to change too many…

Kicking the Butts This New Year

Experts Offer Advice for Those Looking to Quit Smoking in the New Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The beginning of a new year could be the perfect time to stop one of your bad habits from happening any longer. Staff at the American Lung Association say deciding to kick the butts can be a common New Year’s resolution, in fact, there are certain techniques proving to be more beneficial than others when trying to…

Northland Couple Welcomes Baby On New Year’s Day

At least five babies were born on New Year's Day at Essentia Health

DULUTH, Minn. – Well it’s a new year and with that comes a new baby for one Northland couple who welcomed their bundle of joy on New Year’s Day. Little Charles Everett Dreier was born at 2:13 a.m. weighing in at 6 pounds and 15 ounces. New mom Susanna Schafter says her due date was Jan. 9. She didn’t expect Charles to…

Northland Man Share His Story Of His Very Own Christmas Miracle

Michael Sylvester was adopted and plans to have genetic testing to see if he carries the gene.

DULUTH, Minn. – After nearly 14 years on the job with the U.S. Postal Service Michael Sylvester is what some may call a walking Christmas miracle. It’s a far cry from where he was back on Dec. 16, 2016. “I noticed I was having some chest pain,” said Sylvester. “I thought it was indigestion.” Michael then did something that isn’t…

Music Therapy Providing Care to Hospice Patients

If you stopped into one of Natalie's sessions it would look like; just two friends and a guitar, catching up during a shared love of songs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Music brings many people together especially in hospice care. Music therapists play many roles in soothing and caring for patients. Experts say the songs can also help patient’s family members. Natalie Hest is a certified music therapist working for Essentia Health at the Solvay Hospice House. “As a music therapist I say I have the gift of time and…

Duluth’s Largest Hospital Has Plans For Expansion

Initial planning started six months ago and Dr. Herman says this expansion will help Duluth grow

DULUTH, Minn. -While exact plans will be announced next year we do know Essentia is looking at everything from rebuilding entire structures to up and down remodels. The goal is to dramatically improve the quality of care for patients while also meeting the changing needs of the next generation of healthcare professionals. Essentia CEO Dr. David Herman tells us current facilities are outdated and uncomfortably cramped especially with modern robotics…

Medical Experts Want You To Think About Advanced Care Planning Options

Essentia Health allows patients to complete a directive plan online through a MyHealth account.

DULUTH, Minn. – With Thanksgiving around the corner, medial experts want you to bring something else to the table. The conversation of advanced care planning, which may cause fear in some, but it’s an important topic to discuss. “When these conversations don’t happen and the patient expires families never talk to each other ever again, because people in the family…

Eat Smart Month Aims to Help Northlanders Improve Heart Health

The American Heart Association Partners with Essentia Health, St. Luke's and Super One Foods to Promote Healthy Eating

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s time to gobble up the rest of your Halloween candy and prepare for a healthy holiday season. The American Heart Association is looking to help consumers celebrate National Eating Healthy Day. The Association along with Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hosted an event Wednesday evening at Super One Foods near the Miller Hill Mall. The event…

New Essentia Health Employee Policy Sparks Controversy

New controversy sparks between Essentia Health and USW.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some controversy is swirly between Essentia Health and the United Steel Workers Union after the company announced, they’re requiring all employees to receive the flu vaccine. The new policy was put in place back in September. Essentia said the policy benefits patients, but the union is hoping for a different solution. “It’s a one size fits all,” USW Local…